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Published: 12:50 | 17/7/17

Brady delighted by Walters signing


Burnley midfielder Robbie Brady says the club's signing of Jon Walters can only help the Ireland team.

The 33-year-old joined the Clarets from Stoke City in a £2m transfer on 7 July, and scored on his first appearance for his new club in the pre-season friendly against Shamrock Rovers on Friday night.

The Liverpool-born forward becomes the Premier League club's fifth Ireland international, joining Brady, Jeff Hendrick, Stephen Ward, and Kevin Long at Turf Moor.

And Baldoyle man Brady says the signing of Walters is good news for both Burnley and Ireland.

"He'll bring all sorts. His determination, he has this thing about him and he's very good at bringing people together and pushing in the right direction," Brady said.

“He suits us here brilliantly and I think there's a lot to come from Jon this year.

"We were all talking the other day, about how good it is for the Irish team, having us together at one club. The more Irish we get in, the handier it is for Ireland because we know how each other plays."

Burnley open their Premier League campaign with a visit to Stamford Bridge on 12 August to take on champions Chelsea, but Brady says Ireland's double-header away to Georgia and at home to Serbia at the start of September is also on his mind.

"The Ireland team never leaves your head", he continued.

"I want to achieve things with country first and foremost."

Long says he hopes to cement his place in the Burnley defence, with Ben Mee and James Tarkowski the Clarets' only recognised centre-backs following the £25m sale of Michael Keane to Everton at the start of July.

The 26-year-old featured three times for Burnley at the end of last season following a long injury lay-off, and started Ireland's 3-1 friendly win against Uruguay on 4 June and the Group D draw with Austria a week later.

"Michael Keane and Ben had been the central defensive partnership for two seasons, playing almost every single game," Corkman Long said.

"They were two of our best players but, with Keano gone, there's a place up for grabs. 

"There's three of us battling and realistically, the manager will probably go out and get another one. 

"It's up to me and the others to prove we're good enough to be in the team."

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